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Harpenden mother and daughter set for 50km walk for road safety charity Brake
A Harpenden mother and daughter will be walking 50km in one day to raise money for a road safety charity.
Sarah Perryman and Ellen Farnham, 16, are taking part in the Thames Path challenge in aid of Brake.
Taking place on Saturday, September 14 the event, organised by Action Challenge, involves them walking 50km in one day along the Thames path from Runnymede to Henley on Thames.
The duo are supporting Brake after their experience of grief caused by sudden loss when Ms Perryman lost her 22-year-old brother, Wayne, in a road accident 24 years ago.
Mr Perryman, who was a computer field service engineer, died in a car crash on his way home after a long shift just before Christmas 1989.
Ms Perryman said: "The shock was extremely traumatic and the grief and sadness has never left me or my parents.
"Wayne was in the prime of his life, fit and strong, an established professional doing a job he was proud of.
"He was a very family orientated guy and the heart and soul of the family. One minute he was here, the next he was gone."
The pair, who live in The Cleave, are part of the Fancy Footwork team and will be walking the distance with friends Carolyne Nash and Sarah Rodda.
Ellen said: "It’s quite a daunting challenge, and five miles longer than a marathon. But we have been training for it since January and so we are hopeful we will manage on the day."
So far, they have raised £500 and are hoping to double this in order to help Brake educate road users through training events, campaigns and providing counselling when someone dies.
To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Perryman1
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